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How to Easily Pass Neco 2017 Literature-In-English (Objective & Prose) Exam

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How to Easily Pass Neco 2017 Literature-In-English (Objective & Prose) Exam by : 12:00 am On July 4, 2017

Literature-In-English is an important subject for all the Arts Students. In this post I will show you how to easily pass it. Neco Literature-In-English exam could be very hard for some students. There are quite a lot of things to learn and keep track of. However, there are some steps you can take to succeed in the exam.

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1. Start early. Don’t wait to study until the night before a big exam! Particularly with a subject such as English literature, where you will probably be asked analytical questions as well as content questions, you must have time to familiarize yourself with some of the complexities of your material. Being able to summarize the plot or name some characters is unlikely to be all you’ll need to do.

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2. Examine what you already know. Write out all the details you can remember from your first reading of the text, as well as anything you remember from your course lectures. Don’t “cheat” by looking at your notes or your text — just write down what you are confident you remember. This will be your starting base and will reveal any gaps in your knowledge.

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3. Consider whether there are literary terms you’re unfamiliar with.Many tests and exams in English literature want you to be familiar with some key terms, such asstanza, irony, alliteration, speaker,andfigurative language.While you’re not likely to be expected to have comprehensive knowledge of literary terminology, understanding some of these key concepts will be important to your success. There are many guides available that can help you find definitions for important literary concepts, but here are a few crucial terms:

  • Astanzais a poetic division of lines and is equivalent to the paragraph in prose writing. Usually, stanzas are at least three lines long; groups of two lines are usually called “couplets.”
  • Irony at its basic level says one thing but means another, which is almost always the opposite of what is actually said. For example, a character who meets someone in a raging blizzard might say “Lovely weather we’re having, isn’t it?” This is ironic because the reader can see that it is clearlynotlovely weather. William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens are famous for their use of irony.
    Do not confuseironywithmisfortune,which Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic” is culpable of: “a black fly in your chardonnay” is definitely unfortunate, but it’s not ironic.
  • Dramatic ironyoccurs when the reader or audience knows important information that a character does not, such as the fact that Oedipus killed his father and will marry his mother.
  • Alliterationis a technique used most often in poetry and plays; it is the repetition of the same initial consonants in multiple words within a short space. “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” is an example of alliteration.
  • Aspeakerusually refers to the person from whose point of view a poem is given, although it may also be used to refer to a novel’s narrator. Keeping the speaker separate from the author is important, especially in poetic dramatic monologues such as Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess,” in which a maniacal duke admits to having murdered his first wife. Obviously, it is thespeaker,not Browning, who is saying these things.
  • Figurative languageis discussed in more length in Part 2 of this article, but it is the opposite of “literal” language. Figurative language uses techniques such as metaphor, simile, personification, and hyperbole to make a point more vividly. For example, in Shakespeare’s playAntony and Cleopatra,Cleopatra describes Mark Antony this way: “His legs bestride the ocean. His reared arm / Crested the world.” This is hyperbolic language: obviously Antony’s legs didn’t literally straddle the ocean, but it powerfully conveys Cleopatra’s high opinion of him and his power.

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4. Look at sample questions, if you can.If you were given a study guide or sample questions, see how much of this material you are already familiar with. This will help you zone in on what needs more work and make a study plan.

5. Summarize each chapter or act in bullet points after you read through the text for the second time.This will make future review easier, as you will have a rough summary to work from.

  • Don’t get too bogged down in summary. You don’t have to summarize every little thing that happens in a chapter or act. Aim to note the main action of each one, as well as any important character or thematic moments.

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6. Make out character profiles for each main character.Include anything important that the character says or does, along with links to other characters in the text.

    For plays, you may want to note any speeches that seem particularly important, such as Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” speech or the “attention must be paid” speech from Arthur Miller’sDeath of a Salesman.

7. Outline any problems the characters face.This can often be even more helpful than chapter summaries. What challenges and conflicts do the main characters face? What are their goals?
*.For example, Shakespeare’s Hamlet has several problems he needs to solve: 1) Is the ghost of his father urging him to seek revenge trustworthy? 2) How can he take revenge on his uncle in a court full of people who are watching his every move?

8) How can he overcome his natural tendency to overthink things to work up the courage to take the revenge he wants?

9. Determine whether these problems are solved.Sometimes, problems are solved fairly neatly at the end of a story: the Death Star is destroyed inStar Wars,the One Ring is destroyed and Aragorn restored as King inLord of the Rings. Sometimes, problems are solved but not in ideal ways: for example, Hamletdoesachieve his revenge and fulfill the ghost’s request, but he also kills several innocent people along the way and ends up dead himself. Understanding whether characters achieved their goals, or why they didn’t, will be useful in discussing the works in your exam.

10. Remember some important statements made.While you don’t necessarily need to memorize important statements or speeches, remembering what they’re generally about can be very helpful when you go to make an argument about a text.
*.For example, if you’re studying Jane Austen’sPride and Prejudice, remembering that Mr. Darcy admits to meddling in Elizabeth’s family affairs will be useful in explaining why they are so angry with each other early in the book (i.e., he is too proud to admit that meddling really was wrong, and she is too prejudiced to admit he might have had motivations that made sense).

11. Make more detailed notes, including main themes in the text and how each character is important in the text.Don’t skimp on detail here! Noting that “the tone of Mary Shelley’sFrankensteinis very sinister” won’t be much use in the exam if you don’t have a way to describe what’s making itfeelsinister.
*.Write down particularly vivid moments from the text. Not only can these help you remember what happened in a chapter, they will give you evidence to use when you make claims about the text in your exam.
*.For example, consider this quotation from Chapter 41 of Herman Melville’sMoby-D**k,when Ahab has finally caught up with the White Whale: “He [Ahab] piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.” [10]This is far more evocative than simply saying “Ahab attacked the whale.” This passage emphasizes that Ahab is after the whale not just for taking his leg, but because he’s come to embody every single horrible thing that has happened to humans since time began in this whale, and he is willing to destroy himself — it’s as if his chest is a cannon, remember, with a cannonball exploding from it — to take the whale down.

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